GUADALCANAL WANTS CASH BEFORE RECONCILIATION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 27) - The people of Guadalcanal believe that meaningful reconciliation can only be achieved on the island, when various outstanding issues are resolved.

The Provincial Peace Coordinator, Kamilo Teke, was Friday tasked by leaders and representatives of Guadalcanal people to take the issues up with the national government.

Mr Teke says the issues include addressing the root cause of the ethnic tension, land issues, and a refund to Guadalcanal Province of SB$3.1 million (US$421,000) to run its services.

Teke says while the province awaits a formal government apology and compensation, the it believes that the Solomon Islands government must lift the state of emergency declared on Guadalcanal in 1999.

"They said that until the issues highlighted above or highlighted in the meeting are achieved, the people of Guadalcanal believed that no meaningful reconciliation can be achieved and are not happy of being forced into it."

April 28, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

 

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